Day in history for January 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our old friend John Kisler of Buffalo Prairie has brought the finest lot of hogs of the season to Rock Island. His 11 hogs, all 18 months old, averaged 361 pounds.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Charles Gray, who was the popular driver of one of Frink And Walker's stage coaches out of Rock Island in the 1850s, did not answer today when his friends said ``Good Morning, Charley,'' as he sat in his usual chair in the Maxwell House at Port Byron. He had died in his sleep in the chair.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Teams captained by Charles McHugh and Julius Junge held a clay and live bird shooting contest at Rock Island's 12th Street ball park.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The enlarged South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island was dedicated.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Trusties at the Rock Island County Jail were routed out for an early morning mopping detail after a broken water pipe leaked water on the floor of two offices at the courthouse. A pipe in the third floor men's washroom had broken.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Beginning next month, you'll be talking with someone in Peoria when you call the operator for directory assistance in the Illinois Quad-Cities. As part of a state-wide consolidation, the local directory assistance office in Rock Island will be closed, Illinois Bell announced today. The office will continue to handle toll calls.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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